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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Second Round Thoughts

Looks like we might have two series to watch in the second round. Boston tied the series at 1-1 yesterday on Rondo’s triple double. The undermanned Celtics weren’t thought as title competitors, but they managed to stave off a fiesty Chicago team, and are giving Orlando their money’s worth. On the other side of the coin, you have to wonder what’s going on with the Magic? They made a 41 win Philadelphia team look good giving them a 2-1 lead in the first round. In game two, Dwight Howard shot 5-13 from the field and 2-8 from the charity stripe. Everyone has a bad game in the NBA, but you’d think Howard would eat up the Garnett-less Celtics.

In the West, Houston and Los Angeles are locked in mortal combat. The Rockets upset the Lakers in game one by limiting Kobe to 32 points on 31 shots. In game two, the Lakers fought back literally. In the end of the third quarter Scola committed a hard foul on Odom, and few members of Los Angeles had some harsh words for Scola. (OK it was Luke Walton and Sasha Vujacic, probably the two least scary people in all of Los Angeles.) A few seconds later Scola would set a screen on Derek Fisher and get leveled. The replay clearly showed Fisher accelerating into him, like a WWE wrestler complete with the bloody head. Fisher was ejected, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the league held him out of game 3. Meanwhile Artest was ejected for gesturing at Kobe Bryant, and Von Wafer was sent to the locker room for arguing with his own coach. I still say he’s better than Roberson.

Oh and one last note: Stephon Marbury is shooting 30.2% eFG% and is -42 for the playoffs with only two games in the positive side of +/-.

16 comments on “Second Round Thoughts

  1. Owen

    Dolan’s rumored to be spinning off MSG..

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/08/sports/08garden.html?_r=3&hp

    And Jon, you have reason not to be happy, looks like the Dolan’s might be getting rid of the cable business and keeping MSG….

    Now, some analysts suspect that the Dolan family, Cablevision’s principal owner, is considering spinning off MSG, selling its cable business and focusing entirely on running the teams, the MSG Network and its sites.

    “Cablevision watchers (and we’d put ourselves in that category) have long pondered possible endgames, and the notion that the Dolans would retain ownership of MSG and the New York sports teams long after the rest of the assets had been divested has always been viewed as among the most likely outcomes,” Craig Moffett, a senior analyst at Bernstein Research, wrote after Cablevision’s earnings release.

    That result would mean that the Knicks and the Rangers, which have had run-ins with their respective leagues in recent years, would remain in the hands of the Dolan family, a prospect that could frustrate longtime fans tired of the teams’ anemic performances in recent years.

  2. Owen

    Dolan’s rumored to be spinning off MSG..

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/08/sports/08garden.html?_r=3&hp

    And Jon, you have reason not to be happy, looks like the Dolan’s might be getting rid of the cable business and keeping MSG….

    “Now, some analysts suspect that the Dolan family, Cablevision’s principal owner, is considering spinning off MSG, selling its cable business and focusing entirely on running the teams, the MSG Network and its sites.

    “Cablevision watchers (and we’d put ourselves in that category) have long pondered possible endgames, and the notion that the Dolans would retain ownership of MSG and the New York sports teams long after the rest of the assets had been divested has always been viewed as among the most likely outcomes,” Craig Moffett, a senior analyst at Bernstein Research, wrote after Cablevision’s earnings release.

    That result would mean that the Knicks and the Rangers, which have had run-ins with their respective leagues in recent years, would remain in the hands of the Dolan family, a prospect that could frustrate longtime fans tired of the teams’ anemic performances in recent years.”

  3. TDM

    I hope the league reviews both the hit by Fish and the elbow Kobe gave to Artest. Both were complete cheap shots. Unfortunately, the league will probably look the other way because its the Lakers. Yao looked lost last night, even before he got in early foul trouble.

    Speaking of non-factors, Balkman has received zero minutes in 2 games against Dallas, and only received 15 minutes in 5 games against NO. With the Birdman contributing so much off the bench it is not that surprising to see Balkman getting no burn.

  4. d-mar

    This just in: Alston and Fisher were suspended one game each. Bryant’s foul upgraded to a flagrant one, no suspension (surprise) What Alston did was really stupid, but I understand his annoyance with Eddie House, who celebrates every made 3 with incessant jawing at the opponent’s bench and basically makes way too much noise for a bench player. But I guess the Celtics bring out the worst in him.

    For those Bryant haters (and believe me, I don’t love the guy) he put the team on his back last night and shot a high % with Battier and Artest draped all over him. There is no player in the NBA who can score like Bryant when they are tightly guarded and everyone in the building knows he’s shooting. Sorry, not even Brandon Roy.

  5. BigBlueAL

    Rockets-Lakers and Celtics-Magic could be 7 game series. Anyway just counting down the days to May 19 which if Im not mistaken is the Draft Lottery and still praying we get a Kobe-LBJ Finals.

  6. mase

    stu jackson is a joke for giving derek fisher and alston the same penalty…fire that guy already!

  7. Mike K. (KnickerBlogger) Post author

    Just watched the Orlando game, and about the only thing I got out of it was that the Magic crowd at a playoff game averages about 52 years of age. That and those refs seemed to want to get the bigs out of the game early (just about everyone over 6’10 had 5 fouls by the 38th minute.)

  8. Owen

    Refs play a big role these days….

    Like how you can switch to recent comments on the home page, very nice feature…

  9. TDM

    Yao done for the rest of the playoffs with a broken foot. Looks like Houston is done as well. They would have been competitive if Deke were still available. I don’t see Landry as a full time replacement at Center. What a shame for this team.

  10. Gorky

    Yeah, I feel bad for Houston. They really put a pretty good team together. But Yao must have his yearly foot injury.

    Also, I continue to hate Carmelo Anthony.

  11. Mike K. (KnickerBlogger) Post author

    Does anyone else feel cheated this playoff season? No Yao/T-Mac. No Garnett. No Ginobili. The two teams that were best suited to upset the #1 seed in the West played each other in the first round. Are we going to have to wait until the 3rd round for some real matchups.

    In my post about the CBA, I talked about how the new agreement could make parity. Looking at these playoffs, I’ve become more convinced this would be better for the league.

  12. Owen

    I don’t agree about parity. I think the bottom line is that there are only so many elite talents to go around. You can’t salary cap your way to parity because at the end of the day the teams employing Lebron, Paul, and Howard are going to have a massive advantage going forward. That’s not an original thought but I think it has some merit.

    I also feel cheated by Manu being out. Less so Yao.

    I will say, I take distinct pleasure in Kobe’s relatively ordinary performance so far against the Rockets, good day to be a hater, although it’s mortal lock that he comes out and makes me look dumb with 17-24 back in LA….

  13. jon abbey

    the season is just way too long, that’s why guys get hurt, and that’s why fans lose interest. at some point one of the American sports leagues is going to realize that they need to shrink their product, less games, maybe even less teams. less games would help boost attendance, as there will be fewer total tickets, and the games remaining will be more meaningful.

    dunno if this will actually ever happen, but it should. the NBA regular season could be 60 games and six weeks shorter, and MLB could easily shrink to 140 regular season games.

    also, WHY WON’T BOSTON DIE ALREADY?

  14. Z

    Chris Mullin is officially a free agent. We know Walsh loves him and there is, technically, a position available with the Knicks. Do we think there is a Chris Mullin era about to begin in NY, and if so, is that a good thing?

    Mullin has NY ties and I always liked him as a player, even though his resume in the front office isn’t exactly sparkling. Personally, though, if Walsh does want to share duties, I think Glen Grunwald is one of the few people from the former regime worth keeping around. He was a realist drowning in Isiah’s distorted franchise view. I don’t think replacing Grunwald with Mullin will make much difference, now or in the future.

  15. Z-man

    Great game last night. Some observations:

    SVG is not a good coach.

    Rashard Lewis is very impressive.

    Perkins has been tremendous at denying Howard down in the post, forcing him into those ugly fadeaway line-drive jump hooks. No matter what he says about SVG’s coaching, Howard’s current limitations on offense are being exposed by Perkins, which has something to do with why he isn’t getting the ball. He doesn’t seem to have the bulk to power through to the basket a la Shaq. He needs to add something in the 10-15 ft range to his game.

    Steph really lit it up in the 4th quarter. Painful to watch because I hate the Celts, but part of me felt good for him.

    Rashard Lewis has been very impressive.

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